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It's really unfortunate how the past 18 months or so have gone. Exactly 2 years today Katie was playing in the main draw of the Beijing PM event, having put Alison Riske out in qualifying a couple of days prior. The week after she was beating Sakkari in another Chinese WTA main draw before taking a set off (the better) Pliskova in the QF, and breaking into the top 100 for the first time, not long after her 22nd birthday.

Without the injury, if she had fluctuated between say 50/60-80 making the odd run in WTA events, winning the odd match in slams, then I'm sure she would have been a relatively big name in the tennis world, and the WTA would have promoted her more than a typical player of that ranking and age.

Hopefully we'll see her on court in the coming weeks, and then use the remainder of her PR wisely, as and when she gets the chance.

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Still can't believe that she is entered for the W15 at Sharm on 12th October.



-- Edited by the addict on Wednesday 30th of September 2020 09:44:00 PM

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Priesty wrote:

It has to be said that we haven't had a lot of luck over the years with some of our brightest female prospects what with Katie, Robbo, Deano and going much further back Annabel Croft, Sue Mccarthy and Sarah Loosemore. All showed great promise before either falling victim to injury or illness or becoming disillusioned with tour life.



-- Edited by Priesty on Wednesday 30th of September 2020 09:09:49 PM


 It's funny mentioning the name of Sue McCarthy because back in 1986 she performed very well in the Maureen Connolly Cup. It was played in Texas and John Parsons(Daily Telegraph) said she was maturing into a fine prospect. There was a headline Super Sue in shape.  In 1987 she  was diagnosed with ME and that was the end of her career. Sarah Loosemore was a big hope of the late 1980's(and was on a par with Sam Smith) and reached a WTA final in 1990. I think she got bored with tennis and took herself off to university , got married and had children. A lot of what might have beens I'm afraid.



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Still can't believe that she is entered for the W15 at Sharm on 12th October.



-- Edited by the addict on Wednesday 30th of September 2020 09:44:00 PM


 If she is returning from injury perhaps she wants to ease herself back into competitive tennis.



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Still can't believe that she is entered for the W15 at Sharm on 12th October.



-- Edited by the addict on Wednesday 30th of September 2020 09:44:00 PM


 If she is returning from injury perhaps she wants to ease herself back into competitive tennis.


 If you look on the itf website there are barely any tournaments and at this point it would be a waste of a PR to get into anything else.  Harriet is in a 25k with her 151 ranking and was originally only in qualifying although withdrawals have now put her into the MD.  Poor from the WTA to be honest.



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dodrade wrote:
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Still can't believe that she is entered for the W15 at Sharm on 12th October.



-- Edited by the addict on Wednesday 30th of September 2020 09:44:00 PM


 If she is returning from injury perhaps she wants to ease herself back into competitive tennis.


 If you look on the itf website there are barely any tournaments and at this point it would be a waste of a PR to get into anything else.  Harriet is in a 25k with her 151 ranking and was originally only in qualifying although withdrawals have now put her into the MD.  Poor from the WTA to be honest.


I guess with her current ranking she didn't have much choice, but with the lack of tournaments its a long way back to the top 100 even if she avoids further injury. At least she can count on a few wildcards if next year's grass court season goes ahead.



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emmsie69 wrote:
dodrade wrote:
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Still can't believe that she is entered for the W15 at Sharm on 12th October.



-- Edited by the addict on Wednesday 30th of September 2020 09:44:00 PM


 If she is returning from injury perhaps she wants to ease herself back into competitive tennis.


 If you look on the itf website there are barely any tournaments and at this point it would be a waste of a PR to get into anything else.  Harriet is in a 25k with her 151 ranking and was originally only in qualifying although withdrawals have now put her into the MD.  Poor from the WTA to be honest.


I guess with her current ranking she didn't have much choice, but with the lack of tournaments its a long way back to the top 100 even if she avoids further injury. At least she can count on a few wildcards if next year's grass court season goes ahead.


 I'm actually looking at it more positively.  My Son had Lyme Disease and it was 5 years before he fully recovered although he could function for 3 of those years with a lot of management, it also took that female golfer about 5 years so this extra year may benefit her in the long run.  Not sure what triggered her post viral issues but realistically 5 years seems to be the ballpark for full recovery when struck down in late teens/early 20s



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Sorry to hear about your son, emmsie - Lyme's disease is such a nasty, difficult disease.

But so glad to hear that he sounds as though he is now recovered.



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Sorry to hear about your son, emmsie - Lyme's disease is such a nasty, difficult disease.

But so glad to hear that he sounds as though he is now recovered.


 Thanks, one of the few benefits of covid is the realisation that long covid is a thing. Hopefully will result in more research into recovery from viruses and bacterial infections.



-- Edited by emmsie69 on Friday 2nd of October 2020 07:30:08 AM

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Matt Dawson, the former captain of the England rugby union team, is another"famous name" to have documented the complications of Lyme disease.  As CD said, it's a very nasty disease.



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Katie back in training at the NTC so her problem at Sharm last week mustn't have been too serious thankfully.

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Katie back in training at the NTC so her problem at Sharm last week mustn't have been too serious thankfully.


 When you have had persistent injuries or illnesses then a hint of paranoia does set in, every twinge is suspect, tiredness becomes possible chronic fatigue, and at this point in the season was there really any point taking a chance, particularly at a 15k.  I think next year with more to play for Katie will be better able to assess her fitness and ability to complete matches/stroke tournaments.



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Post on TF (poster is a very reliable source) states Katie intends to use her PR at the AO. Same post also shows that Naiktha and Maia are eligible for PRs as well.

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